This is a wonderful forest, so isolated I couldn't hear a single human sound, no chainsaws, distant traffic, nothing. I did hear one prop plane in the distance on the climb back up. It's tough to escape from airplanes. The trail is very well constructed, with switchbacks to reduce the gradient. It levels out around 590 meters and after crossing a stream you enter a meadow. Here you find the restored Chiesa di San Vincenzo. For centuries families lived in Canal di Cuna, but eventually the population dwindled as people moved away. After it was abandoned some of their descendants came back to visit, and finally restored the ruins of the church.
I climbed back up the way I'd come, taking 30 minutes to ascend 300 meters. Came across a pair of large deer, the only souls I saw for 3 hours after leaving Tramonti. My plan to descend by bike on the gravel road was pretty harebrained and I ended up flatting (3rd time in 2 weeks). No big deal and maybe it made me extra-cautious on the rock-strewn switchback road down to 430 meters. I stopped to fill a water bottle at the Spring of Life and Experience, which is a pretty fancy name out here in the middle of nowhere, but the water is excellent.
Rode fast as I could all the way home. Legs and fitness are feeling best so far this year. Next time I think I'll drive to Tramonti and ride the mountain bike up to Forchia Zuviel. The road isn't suited for a road bike past end of pavement at 700 meters. Still a fantastic ride in this clear cool weather.
|Beautiful Torrent Chiarchia|
|Torrente Chiavalara's noisy whitewater cascade|
|Some of the ruins of old stone houses at Forchia Zuviel|
|Restored Chiesa di San Vincenzo in Canal di Cuna meadow|
|Viewed from the banks of Torrente Comugna, which|
flows east to join Torrente Arzino below San Francesco